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Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Mon May 09, 2005 3:14 pm

I should have my checkride pretty soon, just wondering if you have anything that will make the checkride (oral) any easier.

I do feel pretty confident in most of the stuff, but WX info has always screwed me up, as I always forget the valid times and issue times for charts, text stuff etc.

I'd really appreciate any kind of acronym, tip, etc... that will help with the memory items.

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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Mon May 09, 2005 10:13 pm

The big thing that my examiner had me go over was the sectionals. That was the largest thing that we went over. I mean he did ask me a few questions from each section in the Private oral exam guide. That would be my suggestion as to what you want to go over. Each examiner is different in their approach as to how they want you to answer and, once in the practical, how to fly. Just hammer out the oral exam guide. My examiner went straight from that book. Hope this helps.

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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 1:04 am

I'll second what XJR said. I just passed my PPL Checkride last weekend  biggrin  and a BIG part of the oral exam was my cross country planning and the sectional...knowing the airspace in and around your airport and along your flight path!! Be sure you've done a good Weight & Balance, too!

We also spent a good amount of time on the FAR's as they relate to what you can and cannot do with your Private license, visibility and cloud clearance requirements for ALL types of airspace and safety/emergency procedures.

I think a lot of DE's go over the cross country stuff first off - - if you can dazzle 'em with that, it'll make the rest of the exam go easy!

And as a tip - - have all your paperwork neatly arranged in file folders. One for your personal stuff like logbook, written exam results, copy of medical, etc. Another for your cross country planning and the W&B, and a third with all the info on the aircraft.

If you've got a spare $100, order the Pre-Checkride DVD from King Schools -it's a great help!

Good Luck!

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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 2:43 am

This guy is selling his copy of the King's PPL Checkride DVD

My problems started after having talked about FARs, charts, crosscountry planning, when my DE started asking questions about the engine and what was attached to it, e.g. what makes the vacuum pump work? what makes the magnetos work?
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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 7:02 am


Here's the best advice I can give you - Get a copy of the Practical Test Standards (if you don't all ready have one) and learn it. By the FARs, the examiner can't ask you anything that isn't covered in it.

Folks always try to find shortcuts and study guide gouge to try to found out the "silver bullet" questions an examiner might ask - don't waste your time buying study DVDs and other crap like that. Read the test standards - that's what the FAA publishes them for. If you can go through it and be confident with your answers, there's not a reason in the world you shouldn't pass your oral.

Remember, the examiner EXPECTS you to pass - your instuctor wouldn't have endorsed you otherwise. Don't try to act like you know more than you do, and give direct answers to direct questions. It'll be a breeze.
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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 11:01 am

If you feel pretty confident then just get some good rest the night before. I'm sure your CFI has already check you out and he feels you are able to pass the test. Remember that for us CFIs the pass/fail numbers a CFI MUST be sure that the student is going to pass or else he would not endorse you.
Good Luck and just be cool and calm!!! Afterwards you will see how easy it was!

wish you the best...

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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 1:03 pm

And don't forget that, if you don't know or are not sure, whip out the ol' FAR/AIM; it's an available reference to you as a pilot, and it's an available reference to you as an examinee.

Chill out, and enjoy talking about flying, and then flying, with another enthusiastic pilot.

If you don't like the way you did something, tell him/her about it- odds are, it was still an acceptable performance.

And enjoy it. Flying is one of the coolest things you can do.
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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 1:18 pm

Ya, on the cross country that youve planned check the general area along your route for any places of possible TFR's or restricted areas. My planned cross country got pretty close to Bush's ranch P-49 and the examiner wanted to know how I would be sure that I stayed clear of it if for some reason I had lost communications with ATC and didnt have a GPS. So have a plan for something like that and also before doing maneuvers, dont try to speed them up by doing quick clearing turns....... that almost cost me my checkride right there! Dont rush it, just do a complete 360 to be safe. Examiner told me that after the ride. but i passed so its all good. Gooood luck!
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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Tue May 10, 2005 5:13 pm

When you have to do your diversion, make sure that you become familiar with the airport that you are diverting to. Pull out the A/FD and take a look at pattern altitude, traffic pattern direction, etc.

I say that because I missed a little RP on the sectional chart when I took my checkride the first time. Oops.  irked  But at least I won't make that mistake again.

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RE: Any PPL Checkride Tips And Hints?

Wed May 11, 2005 5:31 am

The number one aspect the DE is looking for is that you're not going to crash the plane or create a hazard to your's or someone else's health by your own stupidity. Have all the bases covered, know everything you need to know for your flight. If you don't know something, have a valid source ready to look something up. Also, one of the first things you might be asked is to show the DE that your aircraft is airworthy via the logbooks. Make sure you're completely brushed up on those so you're prepared. Again, the checkride is about making sure you're not going to go destroying objects or people by your own blatant mistakes.
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